A Washington-area teacher confronted Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt while he was eating lunch on Monday, and things got uncomfortable.
Kristin Mink posted a video via Facebook of her approaching Pruitt while holding her toddler and what appeared to be a list of notes to guide her through the scolding she delivered. In the tirade, Mink tells Pruitt more than once that he should resign, and brings up the scandals faced by the official in recent months.
In the accompanying text to her post, Mink says: "EPA head Scott Pruitt was 3 tables away as I ate lunch with my child. I had to say something. This man is directly and significantly harming my child's — and every child's — health and future with decisions to roll back environmental regulations for the benefit of big corporations, while he uses taxpayer money to fund a lavish lifestyle.
"He's corrupt, he's a liar, he's a climate change denier, and as a public servant, he should not be able to go out in public without hearing from the citizens he's hurting..."
While Pruitt can be seen in the video maintaining eye contact while sitting and listening to Mink, she says that "Cowardly Pruitt had no response. He, his companion, and their 2 tax-paid security guards fled the restaurant before I got back to my seat."
Mink then took a page out of Rep. Maxine Waters' (D-Calif.) playbook, encouraging other Americans to "confront corrupt, unethical, and immoral government officials whenever and wherever we see them."
EPA spokesman Lincoln Ferguson, however, said that Mink's account of the exchange wasn't entirely accurate: "Administrator Pruitt always welcomes input from Americans, whether they agree or disagree with the decisions being made at EPA.
"This is evident by him listening to her comments and going on to thank her, which is not shown in the video. His leaving had nothing to do with the confrontation, he had simply finished his meal and needed to get back to EPA for a briefing."